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UK companies can help break the cycle of poverty wages on Assam’s tea plantations

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Tea pickers in Assam. Credit: Traidcraft Exchange / HELM Studio

CORE Coalition, Accountability Counsel, Nazdeek, and other civil society organisations concerned about labour exploitation on Assam tea plantations are writing to 12 major British tea brands and retailers that source tea from Assam, urging them to use their purchasing power to help break the cycle of poverty wages.

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UN Forum on Business and Human Rights: rhetoric or responsibility?

Friday, December 7th, 2018

CORE Policy and Communications Officer, Louise Eldridge, attended the 2018 UN Forum for Business and Human Rights in Geneva. Here are some impressions from a Forum ‘newbie’.

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Hope for reform, and remedy? External reviewers visit the UK NCP

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Last week, CORE Coalition along with our partner organisations Amnesty International UK and RAID were interviewed as part of the peer review of the UK’s National Contact Point (NCP).

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Reforming corporate “purpose”: is it enough?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

The protection of human rights and the environment from corporate abuse is a serious challenge in the 21st century. But will redefining the “purpose” of corporations ensure that their actions align with the interest of people and planet?

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Mandatory human rights due diligence is the direction of travel

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

In response to pressure from civil society, European governments are beginning to introduce laws to require companies to respect human rights.

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Who made our uniforms?

Friday, September 28th, 2018

new report published by CORE and ICAR reveals that that a third of companies that have supplied uniforms for UK public sector workers, including the armed forces and prison officers, have not reported on what they are doing to tackle slavery in their supply chains.

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Open civil society letter to support the Nobel Peace Prize for Human Rights Defenders

Monday, September 17th, 2018

CORE and over 200 other civil society organisations from around the world have signed onto a letter endorsing the Nobel Peace Prize for the global community of Human Rights Defenders.

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Recent decisions in the UK on parent company liability cases show the need for law reform

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

This article was commissioned by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and originally published on their website

The UK is home to some of the largest multinational corporations in the world operating through integrated networks of subsidiary companies and complex supply chains. Through their global activities, UK companies are[…]

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Joint Statement Calls on Government for Central Modern Slavery Registry

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

CORE and 35 other organisations, including NGOs Anti-Slavery International, Unicef and Oxfam, Supermarkets Tesco and the Co-op, and Unions the TUC and Unison have signed a joint statement published by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner calling on the Government to establish a central modern slavery registry.

Section 54 of the[…]

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Unilever: time for real leadership on human rights

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018. Marilyn Croser, CORE Director

Unilever must provide remedy to the Kenyan workers and their families who suffered serious human rights abuses on the firm’s tea estate. In seeking to hide behind its corporate structure to avoid accountability, the company risks undermining the very principles that it claims to[…]

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